Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cool economic development tool also useful to advocates and wonks

The retail search site, a partnership of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and the Washington Economic Development Partnership (WDCEP), is designed as a portal for retailers to to search more than 280 retail opportunities.

What is awesome, though, is that the data provided is also useful to policy and budget wonks.   Neighborhood profiles include demographics such as age and population, and economic development related data like income and consumer expenditures.   Each profile also includes a map of the area including economic development initiatives.   Think New Communities and Great Streets.   Also included is Metro usage.

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